Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $1.75 million for diabetes research.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children. Our granddaughter, Hannah, was 22 months old when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She couldn't even say the word, so we have always called her disease, "deebees". She is a very brave and confident seven year old. She has used an insulin pump since she was 3 years old. This year she has been learning more and more about her disease and how to take care of herself. At school she tests her blood for sugar and uses her pump for insulin whenever she eats. All this is under the supervision of the school nurse. A nurse goes with her on school field trips if a family member is not able to go. She likes sports: soccer, tennis, skating, golf and swimming. All these activities require close monitoring so that her blood glucose doesn't go too low.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!